Illegal Drugs: Classes, Types and Frequently Asked Questions

Illegal Drugs & The Controlled Substances Act

In 1970, the United States Government enacted the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) as a means of discouraging the purchase, use and trafficking of dangerous and addictive drugs. The purpose of the CSA is not to ban the use of every drug completely-in fact, many of the drugs listed in the CSA have recognized and necessary medical use-but to provide the government with a means of classifying drugs and punishing offenses by means of the drug’s potential for abuse. Since its enactment, the CSA has been used as a source of each state’s laws regarding drug crimes, their level of severity and their consequent penalties.

CSA Schedules

Every controlled substance listed in the CSA is divided into five schedules, with Schedule V being the least seriously abused substances and Schedule I being the most seriously abused. Below is a shortened list of the most common drugs found under each schedule:

  • Schedule V: Cough suppressants containing codeine, pregabalin, and pyrovalerone
  • Schedule IV: Xanax, Valium, Provigil, and difenoxin
  • Schedule III: Vicodin, anabolic steroids, ketamine, hydrocodone and codeine
  • Schedule II: Cocaine, opium, morphine, Oxycodone, PCP, and methylphenidate (Ritalin)
  • Schedule I: Marijuana, heroin, LSD, BZP, peyote, mescaline

Depending on what kind of drug is involved in your charges, you could be faced with nothing but a fine, or you may be imprisoned for over a decade and be required to pay thousands of dollars in fines. Don’t face charges of a drug crime alone. Hire a skilled Boston drug crime lawyer immediately to fight in your defense.

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